Dalila Enriquez, 50, died of injuries she sustained in a Los Angeles car accident the afternoon of December 9, 2009. According to a report in the Whittier Daily News, Enriquez was a passenger in a 2007 Toyota Corolla when a Chevrolet truck hit it, at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Lambert Road, in Whittier. Jordan Ashley Brown, 22, the driver of the Corolla was southbound on 1st Avenue and was attempting a left turn on to Lambert Road, when a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling north on 1st Avenue, broadsided her. Enriquez succumbed to her injuries shortly after the crash. Richard Parker, 24, the driver of the pickup truck and Brown were not injured.
My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Dalila Enriquez. I offer her family and friends my deepest condolences for this tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers
Los Angeles Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 119 fatalities and 5,273 injuries involving car accidents in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. This fatal crash took place in an unincorporated area of Whittier. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
According to CHP officials, the Corolla’s driver claims that she did not see the pickup. Eyewitnesses have told officials that the pickup was traveling at 35 mph – below the speed limit of 40 mph. If these details are accurate, it seems to me that the driver of the Corolla, Brown, may not have been paying attention to oncoming vehicles while making a left turn. It is important, to determine in such incidents, who had the right-of-way. If both vehicles had a green light at this intersection, then the car making the turn should have yielded.
California Car Accident Laws
California law is very specific about the requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21801(a): “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Enriquez’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will guide them through what can be a complex legal process of filing a claim for compensation and also, make sure that the negligent party is held liable. A skilled car accident attorney should look into whether a previous and unsafe condition existed at this street intersection and if it had been a factor in this fatal accident. If that was the case, the family may also file a claim against the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway. Please remember that such a claim, in California, by Government Code must be filed within six months of the injury or accident. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation to injured victims and their families.
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